So You’re Picking Up Kenzaburo Oe from the Airport…
|May 13, 2014||Posted by Wes Hazard under Uncategorized|
The latest in my every-other-week series for the blog section of The Missouri Review wherein I curate & comment on the “perfect playlist” for picking up various literary figures from the airport.
Your passenger this week is Japanese novelist, social commentator, and Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe. In a career spanning more than 50 years Oe has returned again and again to topics such as the atomic bomb attacks on Japan in WWII, the modernization/democratization of Japanese society in the 20th century, human dignity, and his relationship with his oldest son (the composer Hikari Oe). A major force in the revitalization of Japanese literature after the war Oe continues to be vital & prolific well into the 21st century.
I just hope he’s into Simple Minds, Compton hip-hop, & the Hyperdub label….